Dumping someone over a text message? I was already rooting for our sensitive yet gutsy heroine Rayna Dutt and planning to kill Sid on the first page. Adite Banerjie has a knack of doing this very well – making a reader build relationships with the characters from the very beginning. All the characters feel so real, so believable with some gray shades apparent in them. Life-like. Whether it be gutsy-yet-an-emotional-wreck Rayna, Kind-yet-commitment-phobic Neel or the infuriating-yet-sweet Agra Aunty! Would love to hear the story behind AA’s name, Adite!
Emerald Island took my breath away. So did the villas accompanying the Nirvana. The star-spangled sky and the silvery beaches, the orchids colouring up the white-and-gold wedding decor, the author has made the Andaman Islands come real in front of me. And to think she has never visited the island herself! She’s a hell of a researcher and a magician with her words.
The thing that moved me most about the book though were the emotions packed in 187 pages. Never a dull moment in this book. Right from page 1 where Rayna has to run to catch her flight till the epilogue (especially the epilogue :D), I have been on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Sometimes laughing at the verbal sparring between Rayna and Neel, sometimes rolling on the floor at Agra aunty’s antics, sometimes with butterflies in my stomach as Neel touches Rayna so and sometimes my heart breaking along with Rayna’s, this book made me live a thousand emotions in a span of 4 hours. Yes, that’s how long it took me to read it from cover-to-cover!
I had a chance to chat up with Adite Banerjie after reading ‘Trouble’ and here’s the conversation:
Adite: Thanks Dola for that huge compliment. I write in burst of three to four chapters at a time. I keep tweaking and editing them as I go along. Once I get feedback from the editor, it goes through another round of editing. I don’t believe in doing complete rewrites of the full book as it is too daunting. But rather, write three new chapters, go back and revise the earlier ones and then tweak the ones that follow and so on. It might sound a bit crazy…but that’s the way I work! :)
Me: How did you come up with such an interesting title for your book?
Adite: The credit for the title goes to the Harlequin Team. We were throwing around words like Trouble, Paradise Island and Wedding but it all sounded so ho-hum. And then the Marketing Team suggested Trouble Has a New Name. And it was just perfect!
Me: Which character did you have the most fun writing?
Adite: It has to be Agra Aunty. She is loud, generally irritating and very conservative but has a fun side to her as well. I had enormous fun writing the “Sangeet” scene and the Truth or Dare game scene in which AA plays a stellar role. :)
Me: Are you planning to stick to the romance genre? Do you feel that since writing in this category is considered ‘mush’, it is looked down upon?
Adite: I have two more books to finish for Harlequin — and both are M&Bs. So naturally they will be romance. I haven’t planned anything after that. As for romance being considered mush, that is sadly true…Frankly, I enjoy reading romances as much as any other genre. So I don’t feel any qualms about writing them.
Me: Please tell us about your next writing project(s).
Adite: I am currently working on Book 3, a romantic-thriller set in London, Delhi and Rajasthan. The working title is No Safe Zone. Book 4 will be another rom-com and in it I plan to tell the story of Chris and Milee (who have been introduced in Trouble Has a New Name).
It was fun answering your questions, Dola. Thank you for hosting me on your site! :)
I recommend this book to all romance lovers. Believe me, you’ll thank me for it later! :D
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